CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
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January 24, 2020

"Calmer waters" in trade wars could boost economy in 2020, Paul Ryan says

But long-range challenges include massive technology investments by China, former U.S. House speaker says in NRF keynote.

Freight carried by for-hire transportation industry fell steeply in September, feds say

Index posts largest one-month plunge since January 2012, amid array of other sour economic indicators, Department of Transportation says.

Strong consumer spending staves off recession warnings, U.S. Bank says

Shippers produced "fairly flat" volume of freight shipments and spending in third quarter, report says.

A practical guide to managing unused assets

Unused-asset write-offs are an unintended consequence of improvements to the supply chain. By following a defined, rule-based process, it is possible to improve internal reuse of unused assets and thereby lower the costs associated with write-offs and the purchase of new equipment.

Survey: consumer products firms wasting 60 percent of their money in digital transformation push

Companies are making expensive mistakes in pursuit of exploding e-commerce market, AlixPartners survey shows.

June retail sales beat forecasts despite tariff stress, NRF finds

NRF also predicts families will spend more than ever on back-to-school purchases this fall.

Economy continues to cool, but danger of full freight recession dims, ACT says

Conditions warrant caution through 2020 for commercial vehicle dealers, analyst writes.

Retail sales drop slightly in February, but long-term outlook stays strong

Consumers endure effects of poor weather, rocky stock market, government shutdown, NRF says.

Can your supply chain relationships affect your company's credit rating?

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.

Monthly shippers index shows relief from high freight rates

FTR's November market measure hits first positive mark in over two years.

Logistics Manager's Index shows growth rate slowed in November

Economic conditions cool off for transportation prices, transportation utilization, and inventory costs, LMI reveals.

What private equity investments in transportation and logistics could mean for you

A growing number of private equity (PE) firms are buying transportation and logistics companies. Here's why they're so active in this space, and what this new ownership might mean for customers and suppliers.

The state of the American consumer

Taking the pulse of the American consumer today reveals shifting spending patterns and some areas of concern, but overall a healthy prognosis.

Ceva Logistics acquires CMA CGM's freight management unit as partners deepen ties

Part-owner CMA CGM says deal will accelerate Ceva's debt reorganization and digital transformation.

Freight spending rose by double digits in Q3, buoyed by tight trucking market.

But long-term outlook is stormy, as U.S. economy may slump under weight of trade tariffs, rising interest rates, U.S. Bank report says.

Economist warns of moderate recession in 2020

Material handling industry likely to be buoyed by continued e-commerce growth, but chance of Chinese recession looms, Schenker says at MHI conference.

A fresh take on inventory as a source of working capital

A three-pronged approach to inventory analysis can help companies free up cash while getting more value from underperforming or unwanted inventory.

E-commerce in a connected world

While B2B e-commerce holds the lion's share of total e-commerce sales, the B2C market is vying to catch up.

Economic outlook improves worldwide

The recovery from the financial crisis of 2008-09 is finally expanding beyond a few national economies.

3 ways leading brands elevate their supply chain to win mind and wallet share

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The nominations period for CSCMP's Emerging Leader Award closes February 14, 2020.

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Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Service Award until April 30, 2020.

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CSCMP's EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens on December 15.

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